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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel Paperback – December 24, 2002

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Veteran vagabond Potts regales readers with his mantra: anyone with an adventurous spirit can achieve the feat of taking extended time off from work to experience the world. In 11 short chapters that follow the same structure, Potts tells how to negotiate time off from work, prepare for travel, and get the most out of your time on the road. Each chapter contains a profile of a famous proponent of vagabonding (e.g., Thoreau, Annie Dillard), quotes from everyday people with extensive travel experience, and a tip sheet of print and online sources for practical travel advice on topics such as airline tickets and accommodations as well as safety concerns. Alternately warning readers about using drugs in foreign countries and entertaining them with anecdotes from exotic ports of call, Potts gives a thorough recounting of his outlook on traveling. This book seems squarely aimed at twenty- and thirtysomethings; anyone with decidedly nonvagabond accoutrements (e.g., children or career ambition) might be more skeptical of Potts' philosophy. For those with a bad case of wanderlust. Joanne Wilkinson
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“The book is a meditation on the joys of hitting the road. . . . It’s also a primer for those with a case of pent-up wanderlust seeking to live the dream.”USA Today
 
“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a whole different ethic of travel. . . . [Rolf Potts’s] practical advice might just convince you to enjoy that open-ended trip of a lifetime.”
—Rick Steves
 
“Potts wants us to wander, to explore, to embrace the unknown, and, finally, to take our own damn time about it. I think this is the most sensible book of travel-related advice ever written.”
—Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside

“A crucial reference for any budget wanderer.”Time
 
“Potts has synthesized more than six years’ worth of road experiences into an unusual travel guide that’s much more than a how-to manual for open-ended journeys. With wit, insight and flair, he has created an inspiring philosophical handbook about living life as an adventure. . . .
Vagabonding is an inspiring read for anyone who has ever contemplated taking an extended break.”The Globe and Mail

“Vagabonding [is] chock-full of tips and first-person accounts about how to journey frugally and well.”
National Geographic Traveler

“Potts makes a valuable contribution to our thinking, not only about travel, but about life and work. And he leaves us with a prescription for making our lives more meaningful and more fun.”
The Boston Globe

Vagabonding packs a serious philosophical punch and has a cult-like following among independent travelers. I’m warning you, though: This book may well inspire you to quit your job, sell the house and leave on an extended adventure.”The Oregonian

“Recommended reading.”
The Washington Post

“For those who just want to enjoy the journey, Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding combines practical tips for getting happily lost with a genuine love for life on the road.”
Toronto Star

“In
Vagabonding, Potts lays out an easy-tofollow yet philosophically deep approach to achieving the travel dreams so many of us assume we have neither the time or money for.”Philadelphia Weekly

Vagabonding is one of the best books out there to think about travel in a whole new way. Rather than going to places for just a few days and cramming in seeing all the sights, it suggests that if we can we should spend weeks or months rather than days in a place. That way we can get to know the culture and people or even become part of it.”Business Insider
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0812992180
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Villard Books; 1st edition (December 24, 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780812992182
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0812992182
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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Rolf Potts is the author of five books, including Vagabonding (Villard Books, 2003), and The Vagabond's Way (Ballantine Books, 2022). His adventures have taken him to six continents, and he has reported from more than sixty countries for National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Slate, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Sports Illustrated, and the Travel Channel. His stories have appeared in numerous literary anthologies, and more than twenty of his essays have been selected as “Notable Mentions” in The Best American Essays, The Best American Non-Required Reading, and The Best American Travel Writing. He is based in north-central Kansas, where he keeps a small farmhouse on thirty acres with his wife, Kansas-born actress Kristen Bush.

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